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‘Apocalyptic threat’: dire climate report raises fears for California’s future

Statewide assessment, which comes amid summer of extreme wildfires, warns of deadly cost if climate change is not stopped — California’s summer of deadly wildfires and dangerous heatwaves will soon be the new normal if nothing is done to stop climate change, a report released on Monday warns. City heatwaves could lead to two to …

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Summer rainfall declines ‘primary driver’ of surge in US wildfires

Sharp declines in summer rainfall could be a “primary driver” of the record-breaking wildfires ripping across the western US, research shows — Using satellite data, the study finds that there have been “previously unnoted” declines in summer rainfall across close to a third of forests in the western US over the past four decades. These …

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World weatherwatch: Iberia’s terral blows in with oppressive heat

Hot dry air from Africa nudged up the mercury and then came flash floods and thunderstorms — In the first week of August the heatwave conditions in Iberia broke up. Described in Spain as a terral wind, such oppressive heatwaves occur when hot, dry, air advances from north Africa. There was speculation that maximum temperature …

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Don’t blame wildfires on climate change – it’s environmentalists’ fault, says Zinke

US interior secretary Ryan Zinke blames environmentalists for the devastation in California and calls for an increase in logging — The US interior secretary, Ryan Zinke, has blamed environmentalists for California’s ferocious wildfires and claimed, contrary to scientific research, that climate change had “nothing to do” with them. Instead, he said the fires were worsened …

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The devastation caused by wildfires is self-evident – but their impact is greater and more wide-ranging than you might think… — This year, the number of wildfires in Europe has increased. In California, the Mendocino complex wildfire is the largest in its history. Research continues to reveal the extent of health problems arising because of …

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Guest Post: How the 2018 California Wildfires are a Product of Climate Change

Although a trifecta of factors (high winds, extended periods of drought, and above-average temperatures) is being blamed for starting the fires and allowing them to expand at unprecedented and unstoppable rates, the rise in average temperatures is the root cause for the blazes — As reports of deadly wildfires tearing through California grow, it’s apparent …

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fire near the town of clearlake oaks in northern california

The era of megafires: the crisis facing California and what will happen next

Three scientists explain the unprecedented danger facing the western US and call for new solutions to a growing threat — California is no stranger to fire. The temperate winters and reliably dry summers that make the Golden state such an attractive place to live are the same conditions that make this region among the most …

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a large smoke plume from the carr fire rises behind the hillsides

US wildfires: smoke billows and we’re stuck indoors – this is how we live now

The pool is closed, the kids can’t play outside – we’re all trying to avoid harmful smoke from wildfires burning far away — Last week my kids went to a nature daycamp in Klamath Falls, Oregon, near the California border, where we live. It was meant to be a week of roaming the hills, learning …

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smoke from a wildfire in northern california

Wildfire smoke: experts warn of ‘serious health effects’ across western US

Smoke from fires has been linked to asthma attacks and heart problems and has contributed to a decline in air quality — As climate change helps push up the number of wildfires in the western US, communities face losing lives and properties to the flames. But another threat also looms large – dangerous exposure to …

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Surrounded by fire, California politicians question links to climate change

As Carr fire claims lives and homes in pro-Trump area, local residents reject science: ‘It’s bull’ — At a public meeting not far from the California town of Redding last year, the US congressman Doug LaMalfa said that he “didn’t buy” human-made climate change. “I think there’s a lot of bad science behind what people …

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